Alumni Highlights

Public Affairs Ph.D. Alumni Highlights

The Ph.D. in Public Affairs program has a history of excellent job placement for our graduates both domestically and internationally in academic as well as "pracademic" positions. Below you can find a list that highlights recent graduates and where they are now.


Karen S. Fuller-Veloz: Director at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim School of Music & Performing Arts, Florida International University

Yanbing Han: Assistant Professor, School of Government at Nanjing University, China

Jennifer Hilton Montero: Director for International Initiatives, The University of Texas at Dallas

William T. Jackson: Postdoctoral Fellow, American University

Ömur Damla Kuru: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Nga Le: Visiting Postdoctoral Association, Florida International University

Merlene-Patrice Quispe: Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota 

Sofia Trelles: Adjunct Professor and Ombudsperson, Florida International University

Kaila Witkowski: Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University

Min Xiong: Researcher, Zhejiang University, China

2019 - 2020 

Pallavi Awasthi: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University

Shawn Lorenzo Benaine: Research and Evaluation Manager, Children's Services Council (CSC) of Broward County, Florida

Vivian Gonzalez Cueto: Assistant Professor, California State University-East Bay

Ana-Maria Dimand: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Boise State University; Global Research Affiliate, ASU's Sustainable Purchasing Research Initiative 

Evelyn Rodriguez-Plesa: Assistant Professor, North Carolina Central University 

Lilia Silverio-Minaya: Sr. Higher Education Solution Engineer, Oracle

2018 - 2019

Andrea M. Headley: Assistant Professor at McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University 

Vaiva Kalesnikaite: Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Clemson University 

Nicholas Martinez: Managing Director of Data & Research, All Voting is Local; Instructor, New York University

2017 - 2018

Sebawit G. Bishu: Assistant Professor, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington

Auzeen Shariati: Assistant Professor, George Mason University; Director of the Undergraduate Program in Crimonology, Law and Socity at George Mason University

Christa L. Remington: Assistant Professor, University of South Florida

2016 - 2017

NakHyeok Choi: Research Fellow, Department of Public Administration at Gachon University, South Korea

Michele Tandardini: Assistant Professor at Penn State University Harrisburg; Secretary, Keystone State Chapter of ASPA

Shahed Al-Tammar: Assistant Professor, Kuwait University, Kuwait

2015 - 2016

Rachel Emas: Associate Teaching Professor, The George Washington University 

Ilyana Albaran: Chief Executive Officer, Alba Research & Consulting, LLC

Cristina Rodriguez-Acosta: Inter-regional Adviser in Innovation and Digital Government for Public Service Delivery, United Nations; Adjunct Professor, Florida International University

2014 - 2015

George Atisa: Associate Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Yongquing Cong: Assistant Professor, Jilin University, China

Palina Prysmakova: Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University